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Who won’t choose Alabama?
On Wednesday, we released what Alabama’s projected 2017 signing class will look like come National Signing Day.
Obviously, Alabama can’t sign every single player it wants or every player who’s interested in the Tide. But, the players listed below are still associated with Alabama in where their recruitment stands as of writing this.
Here are the 10 highest-rated uncommitted recruits who I don’t believe will choose Alabama:
Marvin Wilson, 5-star defensive tackle, Bellaire, Texas
Out of all the uncommitted prospects in the country, the one player I get asked the most about is Marvin Wilson. I’ve stated for several months that Alabama is not a serious player here, despite what he or others may say.
Wilson is NOT Alabama’s top defensive tackle target. It’s Aubrey Solomon, who makes this list below. In his most-recent interview with recruiting websites, Wilson mentioned Florida State, Ohio State, LSU, Southern California, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Texas and Texas A&M as the schools coming after him the hardest. There was no mention of Alabama.
It’s not even a guarantee that Wilson takes an official visit to Alabama this fall before announcing his commitment on National Signing Day.
Cam Akers, 5-star running back, Clinton, Miss.
Akers was once committed to Alabama and is expected to take an official visit to Tuscaloosa at some point before making a commitment, but it’s not likely he chooses the Tide once again. The only way I see Akers in this class is if Najee Harris flips his commitment, which is possible. I don’t think that’s going to happen, but if it does, I would be stunned to see Alabama not put the full-court press on Akers.
Ohio State, Florida State, LSU, Tennessee, Georgia are in better shape to land the nation’s No. 2 running back than Alabama at this time.
Baron Browning, 5-star linebacker, Kennedale, Texas
Browning visited Tuscaloosa for the Texas A&M game last month, and Alabama did make up some ground in his recruitment. I was told by a source that it’s looking like an Alabama-Ohio State-Texas race, with the Longhorns fading a bit.
If that’s the case, Alabama is squarely in the hunt for the 5-star prospect, but his official visit to Ohio State on Nov. 26, just three days prior to his scheduled commitment, is what puts the Buckeyes over the top in my opinion.
Trey Smith, 5-star offensive tackle, Jackson, Tenn.
Smith also was at the Texas A&M game and is coming back to Tuscaloosa for an official visit for the Mississippi State game. He also was in attendance for the Tennessee game in Knoxville, where the Tide crushed the perceived favorite in his recruitment.
His sister works in the recruiting office for Butch Jones, and there’s just no way I see him going anywhere other than Tennessee. His relationship with his sister is too tight for me to see him in Alabama’s class.
Alabama has commitments from two highly ranked tackles in this class in 5-star Alex Leatherwood and the nation’s No. 1 junior college prospect, Elliot Baker.
Isaiah Wilson, 5-star offensive tackle, Brooklyn, N.Y.
It’s an Alabama-Michigan race for Wilson, and the Wolverines appear to have the edge at the moment. The Crimson Tide were considered the team to beat this summer, but the Wolverines have seized some of that momentum as of late. He’s also closest with Michigan assistant Tyrone Wheatley.
He’ll take an official visit to Michigan on Nov. 15 before making his way to Tuscaloosa for the Iron Bowl.
DeAngelo Gibbs, 4-star safety, Loganville, Ga.
Gibbs took an official visit to Alabama for the Texas A&M game, but the family connections he has to Georgia and Tennessee are, in my opinion, what separates those schools to the top. He has one cousin at each school. He’s also visited Athens and Knoxville much more frequently than Tuscaloosa.
Jedrick Wills, 4-star offensive tackle, Lafayette, Ky.
Wills looked like he was going to be an Alabama commit this summer. He tweeted back in July that fans should expect an announcement in two weeks. Three months later and Wills is still uncommitted.
His interest in the Crimson Tide remains high, but I’ve been told that Alabama’s decision to recruit him at guard is a sticking point. He wants to play tackle in college.
Michigan has momentum here and he also remains very high on Notre Dame.
Devon Hunter, 4-star safety, Chesapeake, Va.
Safety is a big need for Alabama in this year’s class, but I don’t see Hunter filling a spot. He recently released his top 5, and Alabama made the cut along with Auburn, Florida, Virginia Tech and North Carolina.
I think Alabama is fifth on his list. He has not visited Tuscaloosa much, though he is expected to take an official visit for the Iron Bowl. Florida and Virginia Tech are the favorites here.
Aubrey Solomon, 4-star defensive tackle, Leesburg, Ga.
Solomon’s mother likes Alabama a lot, and that’s a major deal in his recruitment. After an abrupt commitment to Michigan, Solomon told SEC Country that his mother is going to have a much bigger say in his next commitment.
Solomon’s mother is in the military and the major reason why she likes Alabama is Nick Saban’s discipline and how he runs his program. Ultimately, though, Georgia has the advantage for Solomon because it has done the best job recruiting him and his mother. The Bulldogs have prioritized family with the Solomons more than Alabama.
Nico Collins, 4-star safety, Pinson, Ala.
Collins seemed like a lock for Alabama ever since he picked up an offer in 10th grade. That drastically changed in the past several months as he started taking visits outside of Tuscaloosa. Michigan and Georgia now look like teams to beat for the state of Alabama’s No. 3 prospect.
SEC Country has been told through various sources that Collins would like to leave Alabama for college.
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.
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